Book Boys

Not boy books. Book boys.

You will never kiss them, but they retain a doomed corner of your heart, for whatever irrational reasons.

from Leppard's Mandie books. My first private school crush.

from McGraw's Mara, Daughter of the Nile. Serious heartthrob.

Lord Peter Whimsy
. My sister's a Bunter girl, but I could marry Lord Peter.

from Montgomery's Pat books. There's just something about Jingle.

from Stevenson's Celia's House.

Jim Frayne
from the Trixie Belden series. He may or may not have been my idol at one time.

from L'Engle's Ring of Endless Light. Sigh.

So what about you? Who are your book boys? Book-to-film crushes don't count. That's another list entirely. I'm talking purely textual relationships here.

But if your answer is a) Edward b) Mr. Darcy or c) Jacob, please do me a favor and read a few more books before you answer. Please.


brilynne said...

1. Lord Peter--hands down. No contest.

2. Lochinvar (from the poem)--ever since I read the poem in one of D. E. Stevenson's books.

3. Prof. Bhaer from Little Women--I reread this book last winter and nearly cried, wishing I knew a man even remotely like him.

4. Roger from Wives and Daughters, but I can't quite separate the movie Roger from the book Roger.

Seems like the following gentlemen also made my heart beat faster at one time or another:

Michael Strogoff from the book of the same name by Jules Verne.

Gene Stratton-Porter's Laddie.

Uncas from Last of the Mohicans.

Augustina Peach said...

I don't really understand the attraction, but I always sort of had a thing for Johnny Tremain. : )

Noel De Vries said...

Oh Bria, you're awesome. A list to rival mine. What you said about Roger--can't quite seperate the book Roger from the movie Roger-- I had to axe about ten names from my list because I was in love with the film version of the character, not the character. :)

Ooh, Johnny Tremain. Maybe it's the knickers? ;)

Noel De Vries said...

Forgot to say,

Are we not geeks?

Okay, am _I_ not a geek?

sally apokedak said...

Love the new bio pic, Noel. Yikes, you'll make some of those book boys fall in love with you.

OK I'll play.

Wee Sir Gibbie--I loved him when he was a kid and I loved him when grew up. What a sweet noble fellow.

Dobro Turtlebane--I'm sorry, I know the kid stinks but he's such a sweetie pie. Yes, I'd throw him a bath and marry him, given the chance. heh heh I don't even think he'd object to my lax housekeeping habits.

Conor Broekhart--what a smart and brave and noble boy.

And the others are not very imaginative--Gilbert Blythe and Theodore Laurence aka Laurie.

Men? I'd have to go with the Scarlet Pimpernel--what was his real name?--Percy? And Edmond Dantes.

hopeinbrazil said...

I go for the strong, steady types and absolutely fell in love with stalwart Joe in Great Expectations. Even though he was married. I loved, loved Mr. Harding in The Warden. Even though he was old enough to be my father. I suppose the only "eligible" bachelor I've fallen for in literature was Captain Wentworth in Persuasion.

Noel De Vries said...

Yeah, Sally, don't I rock? Too bad it's all photoshop.

Laurie ... sigh. I almost included him, but I couldn't seperate him from the image of Christian Bale. :)

Hope: Joe ... isn't he the one always threatening to hold his wife ... under a pump? Maybe not. ;)

brilynne said...

I challenge all you friends of Laurie to a duel to the death! The Professor forever!!!!

Oh, and I forgot Ham from David Copperfield. :)

Yes, Noel, geeks are us.

Noel De Vries said...

The older I get, the more I like the Professor. But as a twelve year old reading Little Women for the first time, I could not FATHOM how Alcott could make Jo pass Laurie by!!

Oh, Ham is always so sad, though.

Anonymous said...

well I loved Laurie long before Christian Bale was even born, probably. Certainly before he was acting.

But...what's wrong with Christian Bale? He's a handsome young fellow.

Noel De Vries said...

Nothing wrong with Christian. But I was trying to keep to "purely textual relationships." Listing "Laurie" would really have been listing Christian. :)